Paul G. Munro

I am a political ecologist and historical geographer in the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of New South Wales, Australia. I am also the co-founder of Energy For Opportunity (EFO), an NGO dedicated to the dissemination of renewable energy in the West African region.


In the works

P G Munro, The Making of Typhoid Valley: water disease and environmental injustice in colonial suburban Sydney [introduction here ]


P G Munro, Colonial Roots In African Soil: A Critical History of Forest Conservation in Sierra Leone  Environment in History Series, (Berghahn Books ,2020).

Book Chapters

K Jenkins, S Samarakoon, and P G Munro, Energy economics as an energy justice dilemma: Case studies of normative trade-offs in Malawi, Mexico and Germany” in R Sara and U Soyta (eds) Routledge Handbook of Energy Economics: (Routledge, 2019): forthcoming.

P G Munro and G van der Horst,  “Breaks with the past: conflict, displacement, resettlement and the evolution of forest socioecologies in Sierra Leone” in J Lahai and T Lyons (eds) African Frontiers: Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Post-Colonial States, Ashgate Publishing (2015), Chapter 9: 119-130.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

P G Munro, A Bartlett, J T Dhizaala, S A Laloyo, S O Oswin and S Walker, “International Fieldschool Reciprocity: Using a Whole-of-University Approach to Create Positive Change in Northern Uganda” Higher Education and Research Development (2019): forthcoming.

P G Munro and A Bartlett “Energy Bricolage in Northern Uganda: Rethinking Energy Geographies in Sub-Saharan AfricaEnergy Research and Social Science 55 (2019): 71-81.

M Melo Zurita and P G Munro, Voluminous Territorialisation: subterranean waterscape struggles in 19th century Mexico” Geoforum 102 (2019): 38-47.

P G Munro and A Schiffer, “Ethnographies of Electricity Scarcity: mobile phone charging spaces and the recrafting of energy poverty in AfricaEnergy and Buildings 188/189 (2019): 175-183

E Kirksey, P G Munro, T van Dooren, D Emery, A M Kreller, J Kwok, K Lau, M Miller, K Morris, S Newson and E Olejniczak "Feeding the flock: Wild cockatoos and their Facebook friends.Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 1:4 (2018): 602-620.

L Silva Ontiveros, P G Munro and M Melo Zurita, "Proyectos de Muerte: Energy justice conflicts on Mexico's unconventional gas frontier", The Extractive Industries and Society 5:4 (2018): 481-489.

M Melo Zurita, P G Munro, and D Houston “Unearthing the Subterranean AnthropoceneArea 50:3 (2018) 298-305

M Melo Zurita, D C Thomsen, T Smith, A Lyth, N J Holbrook, P G Munro, A de Bruin, P P Roggero, G Seddaiu, J Baird, R Plummer, R Bullock, K Collins, N Powell,“Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative arrangements for Adaptive Transformations” Water 10:1 (2018): 29.

M Melo Zurita, B Cook, D Thomsen, P G Munro, T Smith and J Gallina, “Living with Disasters: Social Capital for Disaster Governance,” Disasters 42:3 (2018): 471-589

S Samarakoon, A Christiansen, and P G Munro, "Equitable and Quality Education for All of Africa? The Challenges of Using ICT in EducationPerspectives on Global Development and Technology 16:6 (2017): 645-665.

P G Munro,  G van der Horst and S Healy, "Energy Justice for All? Rethinking Sustainable Development Goal 7 through struggles over traditional energy practices in Sierra Leone," Energy Policy 106 (2017):  635-641.

P G Munro and G van der Horst, “Contesting African Landscape: a critical reappraisal of Sierra Leone's competing forest cover historiesEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 24:4 (2016): 706-724.

K de Rijke, P G Munro and M Melo Zurita, "The Great Artesian Basin: A contested resource environment of subterranean water and coal seam gas in Australia" Society and Natural Resources (Special Issue on 'Thinking relationships through water' edited by Franz Kraus and Veronica Strang): 29:6 (2016): 696-710

P G Munro, G van der Horst, S Willans, P Kemeny, A Christiansen, N Schiavone, “Social Enterprise Development and Renewable Energy Dissemination in Africa: the experience of the community charging station model in Sierra LeoneProgress in Development Studies 16:1 (2016): 24-38

P G Munro,“Geza Teleki and the emergence of Sierra Leone’s wildlife conservation movementPrimate Conservation: 29(2015): 115-122.

P Kemeny, P G Munro, N Schiavone G van der Horst, and S Willans, “Community Charging Stations in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Commercial Success, Positive Externalities, and Growing Supply ChainsEnergy For Sustainable Development: 23 (2014): 228-236.

C Jacobson, H Hughey, J Lynch, M Nursey-Bray, M O’Connell, P G Munro, K Vela, D Whiley, S Dovers, and R W Carter, “Twenty years of pacifying responses to environmental managementAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management: 21 2 (2014): 143-174.

G Hiemstra-van der Horst, P G Munro and S P J Batterbury, “Les réseaux illégaux du pillage: La demande globale de bois et la (re)commercialisation des forêts d’Afrique de l’OuestÉcologie & Politique 42 (2011): 47-58.

P G Munro and Greg Hiemstra-van der Horst, “Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry management in Sierra LeoneThe Australasian Review of African Studies 32:1 (2011): 59-72

P G Munro and M Melo Zurita, “The Role of Cenotes in the Social History of Mexico’s Yucatan PeninsulaEnvironment and History 17:4 (2011): 583-612.

P G Munro and M Melo Zurita, “Aprendiendo del pasado: Impactos históricos de intervenciones en la agricultura de Sierra LeonaEcología Política 38 (2009): 92-95.

P G Munro, “Deforestation: Constructing Problems and Solutions on Sierra Leone's Freetown PeninsulaThe Journal of Political Ecology 16 (2009): 104-124.


K Lai, P G Munro, M Kebbay, A Thoronka, Promoting Renewable Energy Services for Social Development in Sierra Leone: Baseline Data and Energy Sector Research (EU 2015)

A Christiansen, M Kebbay, P G Munro, Lighting, ICTs and Education in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone, (IBIS/EFO 2014)

P G Munro and G van der Horst, Solar Powered Water Purification in Kambia, Koinadugu and Bombali Districts, Sierra Leone – Monitoring and Evaluation report (EFO/DFID/WASH 2013).

P G Munro and G van der Horst, The Role of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Community Livelihoods around the Gola Forest National Park and Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary: Current uses and future possibilities (WHH/EU 2013)

P G Munro and M Kebbay, A Study of Water Access and Health Issues in Sierra Leone’s Bombali, Kambia, and Koinadugu Districts, (EFO/DFID/WASH 2012).

P G Munro and G van der Horst, The Domestic Trade in Timber and Fuelwood Products in Sierra Leone: current dynamics and issues (FLEGT: FAO/EU 2012).

M Kebbay, A Thoronka and P G Munro, Report on the Freetown Peniula’s Fish Smoking Industry (EFO/WHH 2012).

G van der Horst and P G Munro, Land cover assessment of the Kambui Hills North Forest Reserve and its surrounds (Freetown: PAGE 2012).

P G Munro and G van der Horst, The Governance and Trade of Wood-based Products in and around the Kambui Hills North Forest Reserve (Freetown: PAGE 2012).

Conference and Seminar Presentations

P G Munro, Factors Driving Rapid Photovoltaic Uptake in Rural Ugandan Households and Businesses Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC) University of New South Wales, December 2018.

P G Munro Whose Environmentalism? Contestations over the Gola National Park in Sierra Leone The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Conference, University of New South Wales, November 2018.

P G Munro Energy Poverty in the Asia-Pacific. Panel Discussion, Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference (URAP2018), University of New South Wales, November 2018.

E Kirksey, T van Dooren and P G Munro, Feeding the Flock: Wild Cockatoos and Their Facebook Friends Society Society for the Social Studies of Science (4s) Conference Sydney. August 2018.

P G Munro, Dreaming of a European Saharan Sun: A political ecology of big solar in Africa Society for the Social Studies of Science (4s) Conference Sydney. August 2018.

P G Munro, Energy Poverty as Bricolage: Rethinking the geographies of energy and development in Africa. Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) and New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) conference. Auckland, July 2018.

The African Charging Station. 50th Conference of Irish Geographers, Maynooth University, Dublin. May 2018.

P G Munro Changing Geographies of African Energy Poverty 2018     Changing Geographies of African Energy Poverty Association of American Geographers Conference New Orleans. April 2018

P G Munro and M Melo Zurita The Subterranean Protagonist: Colonisation, water and the underground in Mexico, Association of American Geographers Conference Critical Geographies of Subsurface, Sky, and Other Inscrutable Spaces Panel Session, Boston 2017.

M Melo Zurita and P G Munro Exploring, Constructing and Commodifying the Underground: An environmental history of cave diving in the Yucatan Peninsula Environmental History and its Publics, American Society for Environmental History Conference, Seattle, April 2016.

P G Munro, “Hollywood Chimps and Primate Wars: An ethnoprimatological history of wildlife conservation in Sierra Leone” at the Foreign Bodies, Intimate Ecologies Transformations in Environmental History Symposium, Macquarie University, Sydney, February 2016.

P G Munro and G van der Horst, "Institutional Bricolage and Community Forestry: Sifting through the governance of Sierra Leone's Kambui Hills Forest Reserve,  Small-Scale and Community Forestry and the Changing Nature of Forest Landscapes, IUFRO 3.08 International Conference, Sunshine Coast, 11-15 October 2015.

P G Munro, "From a Packet of Seeds to an Exotic Forest: The Socio-ecological History of Gmelina arborea in Sierra Leone" UNSW History Seminar Series, University of New South Wales, 3 March 2015.

P G Munro, “Celebrity Chimps, Monkey Invasions and Primate Wars: The politics of wildlife conservation in Sierra Leone during the 20th century,”  Presented at Africa: Diversity and Development,” the 37th conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific, Dunedin: University of Otago, 25-26 November 2014.

P G Munro, “A Critical History of Forest Conservation in Sierra Leone,” Presented at Geography and Environmental Studies Seminars, University of Melbourne, 21 May 2013.

P G Munro, “Charles Lane-Poole’s legacy: The rise and decline of Forest Reservationism in Sierra Leone AFSAAP Conference,” Presented at Africa: People, Places and Spaces,” the 35th conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific, Canberra: Australian National University, 26-28 November 2012.

S Willans, A Christiansen and P G Munro, “Emerging Forms of Entrepreneurship: For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Partnerships for the Dissemination of Solar Power into Rural Sub-Saharan Africa,”  Presented at: The 56th Annual ICSB World Conference, Stockholm: Sweden, 15-18 June 2011.

M Melo Zurita and P G Munro, “The Role of Water? Henequen, Chicle and the Caste War on the Yucatan Peninsula; 1800 to 1950,” Paper presented at the Mexico: Revolution, Independence and Beyond Conference 2010, Canberra: Australian National University, 5-6 July 2010.

G Hiemstra-van der Horst and P G Munro “Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry management in Sierra Leone,” Presented at Engaging Africa: Knowledge, Representation, Politics, the 33rd conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific, Melbourne: Victoria University, 2-4 December 2010.

P G Munro and Amé Christiansen, “Improving Rural Education in Sierra Leone: the potential role of small-scale solar power and ICT interventions,” Presented at Engaging Africa: Knowledge, Representation, Politics, the 33rd conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific, Melbourne: Victoria University, 2-4 December 2010.

P G Munro, “Contested Natures: Colonisation and Forests in Sierra Leone,” The Melbourne School of Land & Environment’s Eighth Annual Graduate Research Conference, Dookie: University of Melbourne, 11-12 November 2010.

Book Reviews

P G Munro, "Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life of Earth, By Alison BashfordAustralian Journal of Politics and History 61: 3 (2015): 476-478.

P G Munro, “Africa’s Turn?” Progress in Development Studies 11:3 (2011): 260-261.

P G Munro, “A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia” The Australasian Review of African Studies 32:1 (2011): 152-153.

Other Publications

P G Munro, and G van der Horst, “Ebola’s ‘other’ victims: how the outbreak affects those left behindThe Conversation, 13 November 2014

P G Munro and van der Horst, "Managing the Kambui Hills North Forest Reserve (KHNFR): Vague boundaries, ambiguous laws and local level conflicts" Forestry and Protected Areas Brief (PAGE / USAID, 2012): 1

P G Munro  "Editorial - Who is to Blame for Deforestation" Green Actors of West Africa Newsletter, March 2009, 2(1): 4.

P G Munro  "Protected Area Management and Community Development in Tiwia" Africa News, 27 July 2007.

P G Munro  "Tiwai Island and the threat of the Bushmeat Trade in Sierra Leone" Africa News, 21 January 2007.

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